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up with a shrug or a hum, a sigh or a groan; the style compact of insignificant words, incoherences, and repetition. These I take to be the most accomplished rules of address to a mistress; and where are these performed with more dexterity than by the saints ? Nay, to bring this argument yet closer, I have been informed by certain sanguine brethren of the first class, that, in the height and orgasmus of their spiritual exercise, it has been frequent with them ******; immediately after which they found the spirit to relax and flag of a sudden with the nerves, and they were forced to hasten to a conclusion. This may be farther strengthened by observing, with wonder, how unaccountably all females are attracted by visionary or enthusiastic preachers, though ever so contemptible in their outward mien; which is usually supposed to be done upon considerations purely spiritual, without any carnal regards at all. But shave reason to think the sex has certain characteristics, by which they forin a truer judgment of human abilities and performings, than we ourselves can possibly do of each other. Let that be as it will, thus much is certain, that, however spiritual intrigues begin, they generally conclude like all others; they may branch upward toward heaven, but the root is in the earth. Too intense a contemplation is not the business of flesh and blood; it must, by the necessary course of things, in a lit tle time let go its hold, and fall into matter. Lo. vers for the sake of celestial converse, are but another sort of Platonics, who pretend to see stars and heaven in ladies' eyes, and to look or think no lower ; but the same pit is provided for both ; and they seem a perfect moral to the story of that philosopher, who, while his thoughts and eyes
were fixed upon the constellations, found himself seduced by his lower parts into a ditch.
I had somewhat more to say upon this part of the subject; but the post is just going, which forces me in great haste to conclude,
Pray burn this letter as soon as
it comes to your hand.
OF GENTEEL AND INGENIOUS
ACCORDING TO THE MOST
POLITE MODE AND METHOD,
AT COURT, AND IN THE BEST COMPANIES
IN THREE DIALOGUES.
BY SIMON WAGSTAFF, Esg.